Kristie Smith – Director
Kristie Smith is the Legal Practice Director of Meillon & Bright Legal; family lawyers in Western Australia and New South Wales. Kristie has worked exclusively in family law since 2009 and currently provides services primarily to clients in Sydney and Perth.
Kristie commenced her family law career working for the Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia, in Canberra. Kristie then started her private practice experience in one of Canberra’s leading family law firms.
A move to Perth in 2012, saw her continue private practice at one of Perth’s largest family law firms where she was exposed to all areas of family law, spending regular time as Counsel in both the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and Family Court of Western Australia.
Kristie acts for individuals who require assistance to draft an amicable agreement reached between parties or those who can only resolve matters through a litigious path.
Kristie has extensive experience in:
- difficult and high conflict parenting matters;
- complex financial issues;
- child support;
- spousal maintenance; and
- all areas of law resulting from a family breakdown.
Through Kristie’s experience as an Independent Children’s Lawyer, she regularly appears in Court to act for vulnerable children at risk.
Kristie has personal experience with surrogacy and is passionate about assisting and supporting others (whether the intended parents or the birth parents) through the legal pathways in achieving a successful surrogacy arrangement.
Kristie is a member of the Legal Aid panel and has professional memberships with:
- the Family Law Section (Law Council of Australia);
- Law Society of NSW;
- Law Society of Western Australia; and
- Family Law Practitioner’s Association of Western Australia.
Kristie’s research interests include the uncalculated costs on litigants; the emotional costs from family law proceedings and the support needed for children during a family breakdown.
Kristie divides her time between both offices for Meillon & Bright; in Newport (Northern Beaches, Sydney) and North Fremantle (Western Australia).
When Kristie is away from work, she enjoys spending time with her children.
Bachelor of Business (Management) (Law)
Diploma of Law
Diploma of Legal Practice
AWARDED TO KRISTIE SMITH – DOYLES GUIDE 2021
AWARDED TO KRISTIE SMITH – DOYLES GUIDE 2020